The US of A- Actress Emma Thompson wrote a letter to Skydance Media chief executive, David Ellison, that was published in the L.A. Times addressing her decision to quit a job because John Lasseter, who a has history of sexual misconduct, was hired and appointed to work on the production of the animated film “Luck.”Thompson went so far as to call Lasseter a sexual “predator” in her letter, in which she also states that she refuses to work with Lasseter.
Lasseter is a co-founder of Pixar and a former Walt Disney Co. animation chief, of which he was forced out at Disney after his behavior with female co-workers was acknowledged. Lasseter is responsible for the creative genius behind many Pixar and Disney hits, and has apologized “to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug” or any other gesture that made them feel “disrespected or uncomfortable,” Disney Studios still officially cut all ties last summer.
In her letter, Thompson addressed Ellison saying it’s “very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr. Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate.”
The Beauty and the Beast actress continued, asking why Ellison and his company would hire someone who is only being respectful to women because it is written in his contract that he behave “professionally.”
Considering that Skydance Media is also receiving backlash from established organizations, like Time’s Up, who fight against sexual harassment and gender inequality, it is a wonder why the company has stuck by their decision. Ellison, however, says that he didn’t take the hiring lightly and that John Lasseter has been “forthright in taking ownership of his behavior.”
In sum, it seems that Emma Thompson has sealed her place in the #MeToo generation with her stand against Lasseter’s hiring.